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From pop up art exhibitions in libraries and old shops there is so much happening in Hull during Freedom Festival, come and see what are friends are up to.  


Paint! is a free pop-up arts event which will be open to visitors from 11am to 6pm daily during Freedom Festival, from Friday 30 August until Sunday 1 September.

Located in the old Post Office and Conservancy Board building on Whitefriargate, this late Georgian/early Victorian building is an architectural gem hidden away in a courtyard behind the vacated Boots premises on Whitefriargate. 

During Freedom Festival it will be transformed into an art exhibition featuring over 10 local artists, presenting a wide range of media, subjects and style. It will include ‘live art’ and children’s activities, pottery demonstrations and live classical music. In addition we have bespoke furniture, a remarkable custom scooter, celebrations of Hull theatre (Rupert Creed’s works) and our very own Mick Ronson. Plans are also underway for fashion shows and a body painting event. We will also have a cafe and shop area selling ceramics and prints.  

I am the Coyote: The art of the special unit '74 and HMP Humber's Graft Studio  

In these challenging times, Joseph Beuys’s ideas of an “extended definition of art empowered with the creative potential to help shape society and politics” is worth considering again. This exhibition, at the University of Hull's Brynmor Jones Library, focuses on a unique experiment in penal reform which, more than 40 years ago, challenged society’s understanding of the causes of violence resulting from incarceration, physical deprivation and drug abuse.

Inspired by Richard Demarco, selected artists revisit the legacy of Barlinnie Prison’s Special Unit and – with HMP Humber’s Graft studio – set a progressive contemporary context exploring the transformative possibilities of art and the continuing relevance of the creative solutions that were offered.

For full information, for creative access and for special needs visitor arrangements, please email or call 01482 465683. 

This exhibition takes place in the exhibition space at the Brynmor Library, University of Hull, Cottingham Road. It is open from 10am until 5pm until 3 November 2019. 

Fri 30 Aug - Sun 1 Sep, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Various city centre locations

This is a FREE event.

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